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fritzi huber
fritzi huber

Processing this passing will take some time, as well as Saturday's shared closure. I pass The Firehouse every morning driving down 5th. After Robert's departure there were some handmade signs out front, then there weren't a few days later, all of his things still seen through the windows upstairs, cars coming and going...the activities of someone who might still be with us.

chet fisher
Chet Fisher
I don't think anyone really expected Robert to actually die. I know i certainly did not. It all happened so fast. There was little time to prepare myself for the loss I feel in my life. Robert was the very best friend I had in Wilmington. I am beside myself and really wish this was all a dream that I can wake up from.
Meira Warshauer
Meira Warshauer
So blessed to have known Robert just a little.  He once loaned me a projector for a new CD release event at WHQR, and when I returned it to the firehouse and went up to say hello and introduce myself (he loaned it to me just because I'm Tom's cousin--that was good enough for him to help someone out!), he answered the door while on the phone and in a robe because he was waiting for his massage person to come. Obviously not a good time to visit!

But being the sensitive and caring soul he is/was, he later invited me to dinner along with a neighbor so we could get to know each other.  What a lovely dinner it was.  He was so cute about the way he answered the door that time--embarrassed that was my first impression of him--but I loved it. He was obviously someone who was living life to the fullest and with an open and caring heart.

And that's why it has been so inspiring to be a small part of his journey, through Caringbridge, and through updates from my cousin Tom.  And some emails and conversations with Robert, too.  

The last time I saw Robert, he was so excited about having just returned from the White House where they were very interested in his projects. It was a family/friends party co-hosted by Tom's mom and my parents, and Robert was in great form. Everyone was so happy that night!  

Sweet memories.  We continue living with the joy for life, and with the intention of living fully and vibrantly in our own paths.  Thank you Robert, for shining in yours, for all of us to witness. 


Julie Stone
Julie
Oh Robert.... There just are no words. Ours was just a friendship - a beautiful friendship. I didn't know you professionally, and so I have nothing to say about your amazing professional body of work that so many people have spoken about. Our relationship was simple, uncomplicated... the Robert of dinner parties at the firehouse, family get togethers (Thanksgiving, when you brought your gourmet macaroni and cheese and then left as soon as you had finished eating), political rants (you) and vacant head nodding (me), wonderful stories about everything from your childhood, to your early 20's, to Mary the cat, to your relative who is immortalized in a painting hanging in the dining room, your generous sharing of Betty, your genuine interest in all of my children and what they were up to at any given point in time, and most of all your unconditional positive regard for me, a girl who recognized a kindred spirit the first time we met, and who will love you always, from this life and into the next. You asked me to promise you would not die alone... I stroked your forehead, kissed you on the cheek, held your hand, encouraged you to go towards the light, and sat with you until you reached that place of no return. You will always be with me, and you will never be forgotten. Sweet ddreams, dear Robert. Thank you for the gift of your friendship xoxo
Annie Otten
Annie Otten
Somehow, we all have been continually connected to Robert via the Caring Bridge.  "The Last Entry" hit me in the pit of my stomach.  This is really the end of our physical connection that we could touch.

Thank you to all of his Angels for helping us through the transition with Robert.  You all have our gratitude and thoughts for your easing into YOUR new transition. 

I am hoping to attend his celebration of life, because I know he will be there.  If not, in his honor, I will be of good cheer and do my best to spread the same where ever I go.

Thank you Robert....you are now eternally in good cheer.
Louise Rosen
Louise Rosen
We crossed paths regularly for a stretch but had the chance to really connect only a few times. You and your work have been inspiring and energizing for so many; it has left a deep mark. The blaze of your white t-shirt and robust presence is right there, in our peripheral vision. And so it should be, to remind and refresh us for the journey ahead. With gratitude and respect     
Deborah A Culp
Deborah A Culp
Hello, my name is Deborah A. Culp, I am a Freelance Journalist with 20 plus, years in the Media business. I moved to Wilmington, NC about 2 1/2  years ago and originally had the pleasure of meeting  Mr. West, a I was snapping pictures for the MLK Parade. It was cold outside and he and the awesome Working Films had hot coffee, Cocoa and "scrumptious  powdered doughnuts" for anyone who stopped by the  Working  Films site. I asked him "what does Working films do?" He graciously explained it to me and I told him that I  was a writer with a unique story to tell. He encouraged me to enter in one of the contests that was running at the time. I went back a few days later and applied.  Now, I didn't win in that respect, but just having knowledge of all the things that they do to help industry professionals and lay people was a prize in itself. Mr Robert West made his transition and whereas he is gone, "but NEVER forgotten!"  Rest in Peace "Great Warrior of Film Screen and stage! As the US Marines say - "Oorah & Semper FI" (always faithful) Maybe he'll orchestrate the Working films in heaven? DAC
Connie Bottinelli
Connie Bottinelli
Betsy, thank you for preparing us to hear this news in a manner that softened the sadness in some ways. When I lost my mother, this was sent to me.  I send it now to you and all those around Robert who eased his transition and our letting go. Love to all of you.Connie Parable of Immortality ( A ship leaves... ) by Henry Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933 I am standing by the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze  and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the places of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'Here she comes!'
Jennifer Stevens
Jennifer Stevens
Thanks to all the wonderful people that loved and cared for Robert.  He will always have a little place in all our hearts and we will keep loving him in our memories.  Such a special extraordinary man with a huge heart and always a twinkle in his eye for life....a kindred spirit to all. Thanks to Robert for caring so much to make the world a better place. You will be missed terribly...
Jan Brooks
Jan Brooks
Betsy and the angel team, you have been so generous to help us be part of this journey with Robert. Thank you for carrying our love to him as he transitioned and know that today and in the days ahead your grief is felt around the world among a remarkable community of friends that were blessed to know Robert West. We are all better for having had his friendship and he has left us strengthened as we each contemplate our own passing. I feel humbled to be so lucky to have received these gifts.Thank you Robert.
fritzi huber
fritzi huber

Processing this passing will take some time, as well as Saturday's shared closure. I pass The Firehouse every morning driving down 5th. After Robert's departure there were some handmade signs out front, then there weren't a few days later, all of his things still seen through the windows upstairs, cars coming and going...the activities of someone who might still be with us.

Meira Warshauer
Meira Warshauer
So blessed to have known Robert just a little.  He once loaned me a projector for a new CD release event at WHQR, and when I returned it to the firehouse and went up to say hello and introduce myself (he loaned it to me just because I'm Tom's cousin--that was good enough for him to help someone out!), he answered the door while on the phone and in a robe because he was waiting for his massage person to come. Obviously not a good time to visit!

But being the sensitive and caring soul he is/was, he later invited me to dinner along with a neighbor so we could get to know each other.  What a lovely dinner it was.  He was so cute about the way he answered the door that time--embarrassed that was my first impression of him--but I loved it. He was obviously someone who was living life to the fullest and with an open and caring heart.

And that's why it has been so inspiring to be a small part of his journey, through Caringbridge, and through updates from my cousin Tom.  And some emails and conversations with Robert, too.  

The last time I saw Robert, he was so excited about having just returned from the White House where they were very interested in his projects. It was a family/friends party co-hosted by Tom's mom and my parents, and Robert was in great form. Everyone was so happy that night!  

Sweet memories.  We continue living with the joy for life, and with the intention of living fully and vibrantly in our own paths.  Thank you Robert, for shining in yours, for all of us to witness. 


Jennifer Stevens
Jennifer Stevens
Thanks to all the wonderful people that loved and cared for Robert.  He will always have a little place in all our hearts and we will keep loving him in our memories.  Such a special extraordinary man with a huge heart and always a twinkle in his eye for life....a kindred spirit to all. Thanks to Robert for caring so much to make the world a better place. You will be missed terribly...
chet fisher
Chet Fisher
I don't think anyone really expected Robert to actually die. I know i certainly did not. It all happened so fast. There was little time to prepare myself for the loss I feel in my life. Robert was the very best friend I had in Wilmington. I am beside myself and really wish this was all a dream that I can wake up from.
Julie Stone
Julie
Oh Robert.... There just are no words. Ours was just a friendship - a beautiful friendship. I didn't know you professionally, and so I have nothing to say about your amazing professional body of work that so many people have spoken about. Our relationship was simple, uncomplicated... the Robert of dinner parties at the firehouse, family get togethers (Thanksgiving, when you brought your gourmet macaroni and cheese and then left as soon as you had finished eating), political rants (you) and vacant head nodding (me), wonderful stories about everything from your childhood, to your early 20's, to Mary the cat, to your relative who is immortalized in a painting hanging in the dining room, your generous sharing of Betty, your genuine interest in all of my children and what they were up to at any given point in time, and most of all your unconditional positive regard for me, a girl who recognized a kindred spirit the first time we met, and who will love you always, from this life and into the next. You asked me to promise you would not die alone... I stroked your forehead, kissed you on the cheek, held your hand, encouraged you to go towards the light, and sat with you until you reached that place of no return. You will always be with me, and you will never be forgotten. Sweet ddreams, dear Robert. Thank you for the gift of your friendship xoxo
Annie Otten
Annie Otten
Somehow, we all have been continually connected to Robert via the Caring Bridge.  "The Last Entry" hit me in the pit of my stomach.  This is really the end of our physical connection that we could touch.

Thank you to all of his Angels for helping us through the transition with Robert.  You all have our gratitude and thoughts for your easing into YOUR new transition. 

I am hoping to attend his celebration of life, because I know he will be there.  If not, in his honor, I will be of good cheer and do my best to spread the same where ever I go.

Thank you Robert....you are now eternally in good cheer.
Louise Rosen
Louise Rosen
We crossed paths regularly for a stretch but had the chance to really connect only a few times. You and your work have been inspiring and energizing for so many; it has left a deep mark. The blaze of your white t-shirt and robust presence is right there, in our peripheral vision. And so it should be, to remind and refresh us for the journey ahead. With gratitude and respect     
Deborah A Culp
Deborah A Culp
Hello, my name is Deborah A. Culp, I am a Freelance Journalist with 20 plus, years in the Media business. I moved to Wilmington, NC about 2 1/2  years ago and originally had the pleasure of meeting  Mr. West, a I was snapping pictures for the MLK Parade. It was cold outside and he and the awesome Working Films had hot coffee, Cocoa and "scrumptious  powdered doughnuts" for anyone who stopped by the  Working  Films site. I asked him "what does Working films do?" He graciously explained it to me and I told him that I  was a writer with a unique story to tell. He encouraged me to enter in one of the contests that was running at the time. I went back a few days later and applied.  Now, I didn't win in that respect, but just having knowledge of all the things that they do to help industry professionals and lay people was a prize in itself. Mr Robert West made his transition and whereas he is gone, "but NEVER forgotten!"  Rest in Peace "Great Warrior of Film Screen and stage! As the US Marines say - "Oorah & Semper FI" (always faithful) Maybe he'll orchestrate the Working films in heaven? DAC
Connie Bottinelli
Connie Bottinelli
Betsy, thank you for preparing us to hear this news in a manner that softened the sadness in some ways. When I lost my mother, this was sent to me.  I send it now to you and all those around Robert who eased his transition and our letting go. Love to all of you.Connie Parable of Immortality ( A ship leaves... ) by Henry Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933 I am standing by the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze  and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the places of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'Here she comes!'
Jan Brooks
Jan Brooks
Betsy and the angel team, you have been so generous to help us be part of this journey with Robert. Thank you for carrying our love to him as he transitioned and know that today and in the days ahead your grief is felt around the world among a remarkable community of friends that were blessed to know Robert West. We are all better for having had his friendship and he has left us strengthened as we each contemplate our own passing. I feel humbled to be so lucky to have received these gifts.Thank you Robert.
fritzi huber
fritzi huber

Processing this passing will take some time, as well as Saturday's shared closure. I pass The Firehouse every morning driving down 5th. After Robert's departure there were some handmade signs out front, then there weren't a few days later, all of his things still seen through the windows upstairs, cars coming and going...the activities of someone who might still be with us.

Julie Stone
Julie
Oh Robert.... There just are no words. Ours was just a friendship - a beautiful friendship. I didn't know you professionally, and so I have nothing to say about your amazing professional body of work that so many people have spoken about. Our relationship was simple, uncomplicated... the Robert of dinner parties at the firehouse, family get togethers (Thanksgiving, when you brought your gourmet macaroni and cheese and then left as soon as you had finished eating), political rants (you) and vacant head nodding (me), wonderful stories about everything from your childhood, to your early 20's, to Mary the cat, to your relative who is immortalized in a painting hanging in the dining room, your generous sharing of Betty, your genuine interest in all of my children and what they were up to at any given point in time, and most of all your unconditional positive regard for me, a girl who recognized a kindred spirit the first time we met, and who will love you always, from this life and into the next. You asked me to promise you would not die alone... I stroked your forehead, kissed you on the cheek, held your hand, encouraged you to go towards the light, and sat with you until you reached that place of no return. You will always be with me, and you will never be forgotten. Sweet ddreams, dear Robert. Thank you for the gift of your friendship xoxo
Deborah A Culp
Deborah A Culp
Hello, my name is Deborah A. Culp, I am a Freelance Journalist with 20 plus, years in the Media business. I moved to Wilmington, NC about 2 1/2  years ago and originally had the pleasure of meeting  Mr. West, a I was snapping pictures for the MLK Parade. It was cold outside and he and the awesome Working Films had hot coffee, Cocoa and "scrumptious  powdered doughnuts" for anyone who stopped by the  Working  Films site. I asked him "what does Working films do?" He graciously explained it to me and I told him that I  was a writer with a unique story to tell. He encouraged me to enter in one of the contests that was running at the time. I went back a few days later and applied.  Now, I didn't win in that respect, but just having knowledge of all the things that they do to help industry professionals and lay people was a prize in itself. Mr Robert West made his transition and whereas he is gone, "but NEVER forgotten!"  Rest in Peace "Great Warrior of Film Screen and stage! As the US Marines say - "Oorah & Semper FI" (always faithful) Maybe he'll orchestrate the Working films in heaven? DAC
Jennifer Stevens
Jennifer Stevens
Thanks to all the wonderful people that loved and cared for Robert.  He will always have a little place in all our hearts and we will keep loving him in our memories.  Such a special extraordinary man with a huge heart and always a twinkle in his eye for life....a kindred spirit to all. Thanks to Robert for caring so much to make the world a better place. You will be missed terribly...
Jan Brooks
Jan Brooks
Betsy and the angel team, you have been so generous to help us be part of this journey with Robert. Thank you for carrying our love to him as he transitioned and know that today and in the days ahead your grief is felt around the world among a remarkable community of friends that were blessed to know Robert West. We are all better for having had his friendship and he has left us strengthened as we each contemplate our own passing. I feel humbled to be so lucky to have received these gifts.Thank you Robert.
chet fisher
Chet Fisher
I don't think anyone really expected Robert to actually die. I know i certainly did not. It all happened so fast. There was little time to prepare myself for the loss I feel in my life. Robert was the very best friend I had in Wilmington. I am beside myself and really wish this was all a dream that I can wake up from.
Louise Rosen
Louise Rosen
We crossed paths regularly for a stretch but had the chance to really connect only a few times. You and your work have been inspiring and energizing for so many; it has left a deep mark. The blaze of your white t-shirt and robust presence is right there, in our peripheral vision. And so it should be, to remind and refresh us for the journey ahead. With gratitude and respect     
Meira Warshauer
Meira Warshauer
So blessed to have known Robert just a little.  He once loaned me a projector for a new CD release event at WHQR, and when I returned it to the firehouse and went up to say hello and introduce myself (he loaned it to me just because I'm Tom's cousin--that was good enough for him to help someone out!), he answered the door while on the phone and in a robe because he was waiting for his massage person to come. Obviously not a good time to visit!

But being the sensitive and caring soul he is/was, he later invited me to dinner along with a neighbor so we could get to know each other.  What a lovely dinner it was.  He was so cute about the way he answered the door that time--embarrassed that was my first impression of him--but I loved it. He was obviously someone who was living life to the fullest and with an open and caring heart.

And that's why it has been so inspiring to be a small part of his journey, through Caringbridge, and through updates from my cousin Tom.  And some emails and conversations with Robert, too.  

The last time I saw Robert, he was so excited about having just returned from the White House where they were very interested in his projects. It was a family/friends party co-hosted by Tom's mom and my parents, and Robert was in great form. Everyone was so happy that night!  

Sweet memories.  We continue living with the joy for life, and with the intention of living fully and vibrantly in our own paths.  Thank you Robert, for shining in yours, for all of us to witness. 


Annie Otten
Annie Otten
Somehow, we all have been continually connected to Robert via the Caring Bridge.  "The Last Entry" hit me in the pit of my stomach.  This is really the end of our physical connection that we could touch.

Thank you to all of his Angels for helping us through the transition with Robert.  You all have our gratitude and thoughts for your easing into YOUR new transition. 

I am hoping to attend his celebration of life, because I know he will be there.  If not, in his honor, I will be of good cheer and do my best to spread the same where ever I go.

Thank you Robert....you are now eternally in good cheer.
Connie Bottinelli
Connie Bottinelli
Betsy, thank you for preparing us to hear this news in a manner that softened the sadness in some ways. When I lost my mother, this was sent to me.  I send it now to you and all those around Robert who eased his transition and our letting go. Love to all of you.Connie Parable of Immortality ( A ship leaves... ) by Henry Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933 I am standing by the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze  and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the places of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'Here she comes!'